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U.S. nurse bikes away, despite Ebola quarantine

Washington - A U.S. nurse who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Africa took a bike ride early Thursday despite a state order to stay at home in quarantine.

UN chief launches campaign to end female genital mutilation

Nairobi - UN chief Ban Ki-moon launched Thursday a global campaign to end the often deadly practice of female genital mutilation within a generation, as survivors said it had "shattered" their lives.

San Francisco Giants win third World Series in 5 years

A near-perfect five innings of relief pitching by Madison Bumgarner gave the Giants a narrow Game 7 World Series win over the Kansas City Royals. Tonight the Giants won their third World Series in five years, completing a rare sports trilogy.

Op-Ed: Tenure debate: Why we teachers must stop saying that we love kids

The teacher tenure debate has returned to the forefront of the news cycle, this time due to the controversial cover of the latest TIME magazine. After an op-ed in CNN about protecting teacher tenure, this teacher needs to speak out: I don't love your kid.

Londoners fear house prices will force them out of the capital

London - According to the Chartered Institute of Housing, 34 percent of people living in Greater London agreed that they might have to leave their local area in the future because of the high cost of housing.

No small risk: The man who saved 669 children from the Nazis

Prague - It was no simple act of kindness. Instead, it was an act of quiet determination and selfless bravery by Sir Nicholas Winton that saved the lives of 669 children in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939.

Photo Essay: Streets of Cusco's historic San Blas neighborhood Special

Cusco - Clinging to the hillside just above the historic center of the city, the San Blas neighborhood is the oldest residential area of Cusco and a paradise on earth for those that love to walk.

Spanish man must continue child support to 29-year-old daughter

Cadiz - The current economic crisis in Spain, together with rife unemployment, is having its effect on Spaniards in many unusual ways. In this case, a man has been told he has to continue paying child support, despite the fact that his daughter is 29 years old.

Op-Ed: Toronto Raptors 2014 season preview

Toronto - When the final 6.2 seconds of the Toronto Raptors 2013-2014 NBA season wound down fans were left with an all too familiar feeling – heartbreak.

Op-Ed: Apple Chief Cook proudly gay

San Francisco - It comes as no surprise that the CEO of Apple is gay, but few have put it such a way that will offend homophobes. For many Christian fundamentalists, and members of other religions, being a homosexual is a one-way ticket to hell.

Burkina army 'backs protesters' as parliament set ablaze

An opposition leader in Burkina Faso said Thursday that the army was "with the people" against the regime of President Blaise Compaore after protesters set light to the parliament building in Ouagadougou.

Jerusalem on edge after police kill Palestinian gunman

Jerusalem - Clashes raged in east Jerusalem Thursday after police shot dead a Palestinian accused of trying to kill a Jewish hardliner, prompting officials to close the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Rains hamper Sri Lanka mudslide tragedy search effort

Haputale - Heavy rains disrupted a massive search Thursday for scores of people feared buried in a landslide on a Sri Lankan tea estate, further dimming prospects of finding anyone alive.

Abbas hails 'historic' Swedish recognition of Palestinian state

Ramallah - Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Thursday hailed a decision by Sweden to officially recognise the state of Palestine, his spokesman told AFP.

Scary clown phenomenon hits Gijón in northern Spain

The scary clown phenomenon, doing the rounds in France, has now hit the streets of northern Spain. Whether it’s the copycat effect, upcoming Halloween, or maybe even the terrifying clown on “American Horror Story Freakshow,” the trend has spread.

Meditation may make even first-time practitioners more creative

A new study has concluded that meditation can enhance creativity in individuals even when they have no prior experience of meditation techniques.

North Korea's leader returns to public view with a vengeance

Seoul - He's baaaack; and there are some 10 senior leaders of the North Korea's ruling Workers Party who are not particularly happy about it.

Demographics key to GOP resurgence in California Special

Sacramento - As Californians prepare to go to the polls, the Democrats will once again rule the state, but with anger towards big government and the GOP concentrating on demographics, the Democratic dominance could soon be ending.

Call to blockade Burkina Faso parliament

Ouagadougou - The Burkina Faso opposition has called for a blockade of parliament Thursday when the legislature mulls constitutional changes to allow long-serving President Blaise Compaore to extend his rule.

Op-Ed: Manitoba New Democrats divided on support for premier

Winnipeg - The last four elections, 15 years, Manitoba has elected the New Democrats to rule the province. Even though during the last election Greg Selinger, the leader of the party and premier, won a resounding majority, he is facing internal criticism.
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